London station flooded as a ‘danger to life’ warning was issued and thunderstorms continue to batter parts of the UK |  UK News

London station flooded as a ‘danger to life’ warning was issued and thunderstorms continue to batter parts of the UK | UK News

The Met Office has issued ‘danger to life’ flood warnings as thunderstorms continue to pummel parts of the UK.

The downpours caused flooding inside London Victoria Station and outside King’s Cross Station, with videos showing cars and buses driving through huge puddles.

An amber storm warning covering most of south-east England, including parts of London, will be in effect until 10pm on Wednesday, meaning people should expect flooding and disruption.

The warning reads: “A deep or fast-flowing flood is likely to be life-threatening.”

The Met Office said the flooding is likely to affect homes and businesses “quickly” as 30mm to 50mm of rain could fall in just one hour, while in some places more than 100mm can be seen in a few hours. hours.

Train and bus cancellations, difficult driving conditions and power outages could result, forecasters warned.

Lightning, hail and high winds will also hit areas included in the warning, including Suffolk, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

Parts of the UK have already faced two days of heavy rains and floodsand a yellow storm warning has been issued for most of southern England, Wales and central areas, including the Midlands.

At Yorkshire, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals the NHS Foundation Trust has asked people to only attend their A&E if their condition is urgent or life-threatening after water leaked into their building.

Photograph taken with permission from the @TomHuddleston_ Twitter channel of flooding on Northwold Road, in Stoke Newington, London, during a storm.  After weeks of sweltering weather, which has caused drought and left the land parched, the Met Office's yellow thunderstorm warning forecasts torrential rain and thunderstorms that could hit parts of England and Wales.  Issue date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Flooding on Northwold Road in Stoke Newington, London
Handout photo taken with permission from @tinaonions twitter feed of flooding in Morrisons car park in Loughborough.  Yellow weather warnings are in effect for most of the UK on Tuesday after weeks of little rain and hot conditions that have caused drought, leaving the land parched.  Picture date: Tuesday August 16, 2022
Flooding in Morrisons car park in Loughborough

Alerts issued on stormwater overflows

Meanwhile, pollution warnings have been put in place at more than 40 beaches and swimming spots in England and Wales.

Heavy rains have overwhelmed the sewage system after several dry months.

The south west and south coast of England were the hardest hit, according to data compiled by the environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

Bathers have been advised to avoid bathing at seven Cornish beaches as a result of storm sewage overflows, with four in Devon and five in Dorset also contaminated.

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Nine beaches in Sussex, three on the Isle of Wight and three in Essex have also been affected.

Elsewhere, there were warnings at places in Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and South Wales, as well as at two inland swimming spots near Bristol and near Minehead in Somerset.

In recent years, there has been growing public outrage over the volume of untreated or partially treated wastewater pumped into UK rivers and coastal waters.

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